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true    : [tr'u]
True \True\ (tr[udd]), a. [Compar. {Truer} (tr[udd]"[~e]r);
superl. {Truest}.] [OE. trewe, AS. tre['o]we faithful, true,
from tre['o]w fidelity, faith, troth; akin to OFries. triuwe,
adj., treuwa, n., OS. triuwi, adj., trewa, n., D. trouw, adj.
& n., G. treu, adj., treue, n., OHG. gitriuwi, adj., triuwa,
n., Icel. tryggr, adj., Dan. tro, adj. & n., Sw. trogen,
adj., tro, n., Goth. triggws, adj., triggwa, n., trauan to
trust, OPruss druwis faith. Cf. {Trow}, {Trust}, {Truth}.]
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1. Conformable to fact; in accordance with the actual state
of things; correct; not false, erroneous, inaccurate, or
the like; as, a true relation or narration; a true
history; a declaration is true when it states the facts.
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2. Right to precision; conformable to a rule or pattern;
exact; accurate; as, a true copy; a true likeness of the
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Making his eye, foot, and hand keep true time. --Sir
W. Scott.
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3. Steady in adhering to friends, to promises, to a prince,
or the like; unwavering; faithful; loyal; not false,
fickle, or perfidious; as, a true friend; a wife true to
her husband; an officer true to his charge.
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Thy so true,
So faithful, love unequaled. --Milton.
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Dare to be true: nothing can need a lie. --Herbert.
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4. Actual; not counterfeit, adulterated, or pretended;
genuine; pure; real; as, true balsam; true love of
country; a true Christian.
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The true light which lighteth every man that cometh
into the world. --John i. 9.
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True ease in writing comes from art, not chance.
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5. (Biol.) Genuine; real; not deviating from the essential
characters of a class; as, a lizard is a true reptile; a
whale is a true, but not a typical, mammal.
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Note: True is sometimes used elliptically for It is true.
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{Out of true}, varying from correct mechanical form,
alignment, adjustment, etc.; -- said of a wall that is not
perpendicular, of a wheel whose circumference is not in
the same plane, and the like. [Colloq.]

{A true bill} (Law), a bill of indictment which is returned
by the grand jury so indorsed, signifying that the charges
to be true.

{True time}. See under {Time}.
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True \True\, adv.
In accordance with truth; truly. --Shak.
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adv 1: as acknowledged; "true, she is the smartest in her class"
[synonym: {true}, {admittedly}, {avowedly}, {confessedly}]
adj 1: consistent with fact or reality; not false; "the story is
true"; "it is undesirable to believe a proposition when
there is no ground whatever for supposing it true"- B.
Russell; "the true meaning of the statement" [ant:
2: accurately placed or thrown; "his aim was true"; "he was dead
on target" [synonym: {true}, {dead on target}]
3: devoted (sometimes fanatically) to a cause or concept or
truth; "true believers bonded together against all who
disagreed with them"
4: expressing or given to expressing the truth; "a true
statement"; "gave truthful testimony"; "a truthful person"
[synonym: {truthful}, {true}] [ant: {untruthful}]
5: conforming to definitive criteria; "the horseshoe crab is not
a true crab"; "Pythagoras was the first true mathematician"
6: worthy of being depended on; "a dependable worker"; "an
honest working stiff"; "a reliable sourcSFLe of information";
"he was true to his word"; "I would be true for there are
those who trust me" [synonym: {dependable}, {honest}, {reliable},
7: not pretended; sincerely felt or expressed; "genuine
emotion"; "her interest in people was unfeigned"; "true
grief" [synonym: {genuine}, {true(a)}, {unfeigned}]
8: rightly so called; "true courage"; "a spirit which true men
have always admired"; "a true friend"
9: determined with reference to the earth's axis rather than the
magnetic poles; "true north is geographic north"
10: having a legally established claim; "the legitimate heir";
"the true and lawful king" [synonym: {true(a)}, {lawful},
11: in tune; accurate in pitch; "a true note" [synonym: {on-key},
12: accurately fitted; level; "the window frame isn't quite
true" [synonym: {true}, {straight}]
n 1: proper alignment; the property possessed by something that
is in correct or proper alignment; "out of true"
v 1: make level, square, balanced, or concentric; "true up the
cylinder of an engine" [synonym: {true}, {true up}]

298 Moby Thesaurus words for "true":
Christian, absolute, acceptable, accepted, accommodate, accord,
accurate, accurately, active, actual, adapt, adjust, adjust to,
apodictic, applicable, appropriate, approved, ardent, arrowlike,
ascertained, assimilate, attested, attune, authentic,
authenticated, authoritative, be realized, befitting, bona fide,
bound, candidly, canonical, careful, categorically true, certain,
certified, clear, clear and distinct, clear as day, come to pass,
come true, committed, compliant, conclusive, confirmed, conforming,
conscientious, consistent, constant, conventional, coordinate,
correct, correctly, corroborated, creditable, customary, cut to,
de facto, dead straight, decisive, dedicated, definite,
demonstrated, dependable, desired, determinate, determined,
devoted, devout, direct, documentary, duteous, dutiful, effectual,
equalize, established, estimable, evangelical, even, exact,
exactly, expressive, factual, faithful, faithworthy, fast, finicky,
firm, fit, fitting, fix, fixed, flat, flinty, for real, frankly,
fussy, gear to, genuine, happen, harmonize, high-principled,
historical, homologate, homologize, honest, honest-to-God,
honestly, honorable, horizontal, immovable, in a line,
incorruptible, indicative, indubitable, ineluctable, inevitable,
inflexible, inviolable, just, key to, kosher, lawful, legal,
legitimate, level, liege, linear, literal, loyal, make plumb,
make uniform, marble-constant, mathematical, meaningful, measure,
meticulous, mindful, natural, necessary, normal, not in error,
objectively true, observant, occur, of the faith, orthodox,
orthodoxical, overnice, perfectly sure, place, positive,
practicing, precise, predestined, predetermined, proper,
proportion, proved, proven, punctilious, punctual, put in tune,
real, realistic, received, reconcile, rectify, rectilineal,
rectilinear, regardful, regular, regulate, reliable, resolute,
responsible, right, right-minded, rightful, ruler-straight,
scriptural, scrupulous, set, set right, settled, significant,
similarize, sincere, sincerely, smooth, sot, sound, stable,
standard, staunch, steadfast, steady, steely, straight,
straight-cut, straight-front, straight-side, straightforwardly,
streamlined, strict, substantial, substantiated, suggestive,
suitable, sure, sure-enough, sync, synchronize, tailor, take,
tested, textual, to be trusted, traditional, traditionalistic,
tried, tried and true, trim to, true as gospel, true up, true-blue,
true-meaning, true-speaking, true-tongued, truehearted, truly,
trustable, trustworthy, trusty, truth-bearing, truth-declaring,
truth-desiring, truth-filled, truth-guarding, truth-loving,
truth-passing, truth-speaking, truth-telling, truthful, truthfully,
tune, typical, unadulterated, unambiguous, unbending, unbent,
unbowed, unbroken, unconfuted, uncurved, undeflectable,
undeflected, undeniable, undenied, undesigning, undeviating,
undissembled, undistorted, undoubted, unequivocal, unerring,
unerroneous, unfailing, unfallacious, unfalse, unfeigned,
unflappable, uninterrupted, univocal, unmistakable, unmistaken,
unperfidious, unquestionable, unrefuted, unshaken, unswerving,
untreacherous, unturned, unvarnished, unwavering, unyielding,
upright, valid, validated, veracious, veridical, verifiable,
verified, veritable, vertical, very, whole-hearted, worthy

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